Kitchens are now much more than a utilitarian room for cooking. Kitchens are often the centerpiece and hub of our homes. When we entertain, everyone always ends up in our kitchen, even though it’s one of the smallest rooms in our house! Because the kitchen is the main room where people entertain, homeowners are willing to spend a lot when it comes to remodeling their kitchens. Brooks Henderson with Henderson Building Group says his clients spend on average $40-$70k for a full kitchen remodel. When spending this kind of money, you don’t want to make big mistakes. To confirm what is trending in kitchen designs, I spoke with Brian Tarle at International Kitchen and Bath in Davidson, NC.
While glass tile and mosaic backsplashes are very popular right now, so is the traditional subway tile backsplash according to Tarle. The name refers to the tile found in the subways of New York I guess, but basically is a rectangular, or brick shape tile, usually twice as long as it is high. A popular size is 3″ by 6″. It can be installed horizontally with staggered joints, or in a herringbone pattern to add extra interest. When it comes to cabinetry, Tarle says the shaker style door is probably the most popular door style of all time. The Shaker style is consistently used as a Traditional style, a Transitional style, and a Contemporary style, depending on the other finishes or fixtures in the kitchen. Cabinets with very dark finishes (espresso) or off-white color tones are the most popular and most often purchased cabinet color or finish. The middle tones have fallen off in popularity. Soft color tones are also popular with accent pieces like an island, maybe light green, blue or grey tones, (if the main part of the kitchen has off-white cabinetry). Here is an IKB kitchen that features a subway tile backsplash, an island with espresso finish, while the primary cabinets are finished in off white. Granite and man-made quartz are most desirable when it comes to counter tops.
If a $40-$70k budget is out of reach, there are other simple cosmetic improvements you can make to your kitchen and give it a whole new look. Earlier this spring I consulted on an older waterfront home that was coming on the market. Most would describe its kitchen as dated. It had natural maple cabinets, brass hardware and fixtures, and no backsplash. The flooring was dark and dated marble which would have been very difficult and cost prohibitive to remove. The solution for this kitchen was quite simple, a trendy mixed material mosaic backsplash. We installed American Olean Chateau Emperador indoor/outdoor wall tile that has a 5-star rating on Lowes.com . The coloring in this mixed material backsplash tied in perfectly with the client’s marble flooring. We also updated lighting and installed new cabinet hardware to update this kitchen and ultimately sold this house in less than a week!
Regardless of how big or small your budget is, you should be able to come up with some great ideas or solutions for your kitchen by reading home improvement magazines or researching your project online on web sites such as BobVila.com/Nation, HGTV.com or or HOUZZ.com.